The best home theater seating
Home theater seating isnʻt just for Grammy winners and pro athletes any more. Just about anyone who wants to have a theater experience at home can make it happen. Not only does home theater seating offer moviehouse comfort, but special features like built-in speakers and full recline position can make you forget you're not at the local cinema.
If youʻre ready to get that theater experience in your own home, then read our buying guide for advice on choosing the right home theater seating. You can also read reviews of some of the top choices, like our pick for Best of the Best, the Seatcraft Republic Leather Multimedia Sofa. The fold out table gives a whole new meaning to "dinner and a movie."
Considerations when choosing home theater seating
Consider your available space in terms of seating capacity. Not only should you think about how many seats will comfortably fit in the area, but you should also factor in how much space will remain between the seating and the screen. You should try to leave between 1.5 and 2.5 times the diagonal screen measurement between your seats and the screen. This may impact whether you opt for one or more rows of seating, as well as any reclining feature.
Most home theater seating is either leather or synthetic leather upholstery. Real leather will improve with age, though you will need to condition it regularly. Synthetic leather, on the other hand, should remain in the same condition for years to come, but does not require much additional care. Genuine leather may also be more durable than a faux leather alternative.
Many models of home theater seating offer additional hidden storage. Most often this is incorporated either between the seats or in the armrest. This is usually a convenient place to keep your remote controls.
USB ports and power outlets have become a more common feature in home theater seating in recent years. This makes it possible to charge your smartphone and other devices as well as plug in a lamp or other appliances.
Food and beverage
Most home theater seating is designed with built-in cup holders. Some now also include retractable or hidden food trays for those ever important movie snacks.
Recline and massage
Headrests, footrests, and reclining capabilities make your home theater seating even more comfortable. When watching a movie, you want to drift off into another world and these features make that possible. Some seating even has massage therapy as an added bonus.
Some of the more expensive home theater seating includes lighting built into the furniture. This is helpful for keeping you and your guests from making a mess while eating -- without adding too much "light pollution" to your theater environs.
Most home theater seating costs between $200 and $1,500, though premium models can cost up to $2,500 or more. For $200 or less, you can find individual reclining synthetic leather chairs that will offer a comfortable viewing experience. For around $1,000, loveseats are available with features like cupholders and genuine leather upholstery. If you're prepared to spend as much as $1,500 or more, you can find reclining multi-seat models that give you all the comforts and conveniences of a premium movie theater, and more.
Q. What makes a room a "home theater"?
A. Though there is no specific definition, most people would consider a "home theater" any space in your home designated exclusively for movie viewing. This usually means a large television or projector and screen, as well as a high-performance sound system.
Q. Can any recliner be used as a home theater seat?
A. While you can use any pieces you want to create your home theater, single seat home theater chairs give you an extra level of comfort and convenience. Home theater seats are usually leather or faux leather (instead of fabric) and include cup holders, food trays, and other features that improve the viewing experience.
Home theater seating we recommend
Best of the best: Seatcraft Republic Leather Multimedia Sofa
Our take: Bells and whistles as far as the eye can see.
What we like: The center fold-down table and dual 110 volt outlets make this sofa one of the best on the market.
What we dislike: Expensive, but worth the cost.
Best bang for your buck: Giantex Massage Recliner Chair With Remote Control
Our take: A smaller chair at a smaller price.
What we like: Both durable and comfortable, which isn't always easy to find.
What we dislike: Chair may not be wide enough for some.
Choice 3: Octane Seating Blaze XL900 4 Seater
Our take: A unique curved seating design that gives everyone the "best seat in the house."
What we like: High-quality leather finish and automatic recline feature.
What we dislike: Too long for some users (141 inches).
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